The Complete Contract is the document or documents that set out these terms and conditions, the Rental Agreement and all other details relevant to a particular agreement and is referred to as the “Contract”. In this agreement the “Supplier” is The Little Hire Company. The “Hirer” is the person, company, firm, corporation or public authority taking the supplier’s equipment on hire. The “Equipment” is the hired item(s) supplied to the Hirer from the Supplier as detailed in the Rental Agreement. The” Period of Hire, Security Deposit and the hire charge” are detailed in the Rental Agreement.
The Hirer will pay the Hire Charge stated in the Contract. The Hire Charges will commence from the time stated, and will continue during the Period of Hire until the Equipment is restored to the Supplier in a clean and serviceable condition against the Supplier’s receipt. All time is chargeable including weekends, Bank Holidays etc. All charges are payable on demand. Charges beyond the original Period of Hire shall continue at a daily rate at twice the daily rate specified in the Rental Agreement.
Supplier agrees to hire the Equipment to the Hirer subject to availability and as specified in the confirmation email / telephone call at the hire cost agreed. Payment of the full hire cost together with the Deposit must be made 14 days prior to date of delivery, or when the order is confirmed if this is less than 14 days before delivery date. The Security Deposit is subject to clauses 8 and 9 below.
3. MAXIMUM PERIOD OF AGREEMENT
If the Hirer is an individual or partnership (including an unincorporated body of persons) and not a limited company the Contract will terminate no later than three months from the commencing date of the Period of Hire. In such circumstances the Hirer shall by no later than close of business on the last day of the said three months restore the equipment to the Supplier. Equipment not restored to the Supplier will be subject to a charge equating to the financial loss to the Supplier
4. EXTENT OF CONTRACT
The Contract will come into being between the Hirer and the Supplier when the Hirer has placed an order detailing his requirements and agreeing to be bound by these Terms and Conditions and the Supplier has accepted the order.
5. DELIVERY AND COLLECTION
Delivery and collection of Equipment must be agreed by both parties and will be subject to confirmation by e-mail or telephone. Mileage will be confirmed using Google Maps where delivery charges apply and will be charged at the rate of £10 for deliveries / collections between 2 and 10 miles. Deliveries/collections under 2 miles are free of charge. Deliveries/collections over 10 miles are subject to agreement between the Hirer and the Supplier.
6. RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE HIRER AND THE PERSON SIGNING
The Hirer must review the confirmation and any errors or queries must be notified to the Supplier within 48 hours of receiving the confirmation. If the Supplier does not receive any alterations, it will be assumed that the details of the confirmation are correct and the Equipment will be made ready for delivery / collection as per confirmation.
The Hirer must check the Equipment on receipt to ensure it is undamaged, in good working order and fit for intended purpose. The Hirer must notify the Supplier immediately if any items are faulty. Under no circumstance shall the Hirer repair or attempt to repair the Equipment unless authorised by the Supplier.
Manufacturer’s Instructions will be provided by the Supplier with all the Equipment. The Hirer must read these carefully prior to using the Equipment and adhere to these when using the Equipment.
The Hirer may not sub lease or loan the Equipment to any person. The Hirer is responsible for ensuring the equipment is used in a safe and sensible manner, only for the intended purpose and in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.The Hirer must return the Equipment at the agreed time and place stated above unless alternative arrangements are agreed with the Supplier during the Period of Hire. If returning the Equipment by courier or other means, the risk of loss or damage in transit will be the Hirer’s.
7. WHEN SIGNATURE FOR RECEIPT OF EQUIPMENT BECOMES OPERATIVE
The Hirer will be requested to sign a Contract before the Equipment is handed over. The Hirer agrees to examine the Equipment at the time of the physical hand-over, and the effect of each signature will not become operative until immediately after the physical handover of the Equipment.
8. SECURITY DEPOSIT
Provided the Equipment is returned to the Supplier on the last date of the Period of Hire, as agreed between the Supplier and the Hirer, clean and in the same condition as the Hirer received them, the Supplier shall return the Security Deposit to the Hirer in full.
9. NON RETURNED, DAMAGED, OR LATE RETURN OF EQUIPMENT
The Hirer accepts full responsibility for the care and safekeeping of the Equipment during the Period of Hire. If Equipment is not returned clean and in the condition in which it was hired, the Supplier reserves the right to retain part or all of the Security Deposit paid by the Hirer.
If receipt of the Equipment is later than the agreed return date, the Hirer will be entitled to retain part or all of the Security Deposit paid by the Hirer.
If the Equipment is lost, damaged beyond economic repair, or stolen, then the Hirer shall pay to the Supplier on demand, the full replacement cost of the Equipment and the Supplier is entitled to retain all or part of the Security Deposit towards such replacement cost.
10. CAR SEATS
The Supplier leases car seats to the Hirer on the clear understanding that the Supplier is not responsible for the fitting of the car seat in the Hirer's car. The Supplier will provide the Hirer with the car seat's manufacturer instructions on the correct use of the car seat.
The Supplier will not be liable for any damage or injury to persons or property that may arise from the incorrect fitting of the car seat by the Hirer.
11. CANCELLATION / AMENDMENT POLICY
If the Hirer wishes to cancel or amend the Contract, the Hirer is entitled to do so free of charge up to 48 hours prior to the commencement of the Period of Hire. If the Hirer wishes to cancel or amend the Contract within 48 hours of the commencement of the Period of Hire, the Supplier shall be entitled to retain 10% of the Hire Charge.
All Equipment remains the property of the Supplier at all times
13. CONSEQUENTIAL LOSS
Subject to the provisions of the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 (as amended) the Supplier is not responsible for any direct or indirect damage, injury, loss, claim, cost or expenses (including inconsequential loss) incurred by the Hirer or any other person arising out of the Hirer’s, or any other persons use of the Equipment.
14.COSTS, EXPENSES AND INTEREST
Any additional expense incurred by the Supplier in the recovery of the Equipment or any fees or expenses payable by the Hirer under this contract shall be payable in full by the Hirer with interest from the date incurred or due until payment at a daily rate equivalent to 4% above the Base Rate of the Bank of England over the equivalent period. Payment of any lesser sum that the amount due shall not discharge the Hirers obligations under this agreement.
15. CONTINUING CONTRACT
Should any item in this Contract be held to be invalid, such invalidation will not affect the validity of the remaining items.
16. BREACH OF CONTRACT
The Supplier shall be entitled at any time, if the Hirer is in breach of Contract, to terminate this Contract (such termination to be effective immediately) and to repossess the Equipment or any part thereof.
17. RIGHTS RESERVED
Any failure by the Supplier to enforce any or all of these conditions shall not amount to, or be interpreted as waiver of any of the Supplier’s rights or claims.
The Supplier cannot accept responsibility for any failure or delay on the Suppliers part to fulfil the Suppliers obligations in the Contract where such failure/delay is caused by circumstances beyond the Supplier’s control.
Any amendments to these Terms and Conditions must be agreed in writing.
19. GOVERNING LAW
This Contract shall be governed by the Law of Scotland and the Supplier and Hirer hereby submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the Scottish Courts.